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What's the Point?

  • Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve (map)

Come explore the intertidal world on the lowest Saturday tide of June at Whatcom

County Park’s Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve. The low tide provides a chance to

discover sea anemones, sea cucumbers, crabs, a wide diversity of seaweeds and many

more fascinating inhabitants who are normally out of sight under water and foam. Spend

high quality time in small groups with naturalists who double as storytellers, recounting

the incredible life stories and survival strategies of the intertidal residents. 

There will be beach tours for kids and adults, a geology tour explaining the area’s

geologic history, plant and bird walks along the ¾-mile trail through upland forest, a sea

shell display on the beach where you can find out which animal lives in what shell, and

a watershed model that demonstrates how storm water can pollute the Salish Sea.  

What’s the Point is an annual event sponsored by the Whatcom Land Trust and the

Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizens Stewardship Committee, with participation by

NCAS and several other organizations. Where did the name What’s the Point come

from?  Well, the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve is located northwest of Cherry Point

and southeast of Point Whitehorn.  The “point” is- come and get to know your

magnificent park and beach!